Exciting the new applications!
A brief explanation,
LatDraw has its own webpage!!
This has the source code for the lattice drawing component used in
some of the applications described below as well as some simple example
New Applications of this Applet and Lattice Drawing Component
Universal Algebra Calculator. This uses the lattice drawing
component for congruence lattices, subalgebra lattices and drawing
algebras that have a semilattice operation.
Online Java Lattice Building Application
This projects, which was written by Maarten Janssen as part of his thesis,
lets you create lattices using Formal Concept Analysis
and draws them with this applet. The authors have added several nice
features to the applet which will be incorporated into our version.
This demonstrates my program for automatically generating lattice diagrams
from abstract representations of lattices (or partially ordered sets).
The goal is not make diagrams suitable for publication (I have a different
program for that) but to allow my symbolic algebra program for lattices
to be able to make a recognizable picture.
The program first calculates a rank function on the ordered set and uses this
to determine the height of the elements. It then places the points in
three space using the rank for the height, i.e., for the z-coordinate.
The points of the same rank are arranged around a circle on a plane parallel
to the x-y plane. Now we imagine forces acting on the elements.
Comparable elements are attracted to each other while incomparable elements
These forces are applied several times in three phases. In the first phase
the repulsive force is set to be very strong; in the second phase
the attractive force is strong; and in the final phase the forces are
balanced. You get each of these phases by pressing the Next button.
The original program tried several projections from 3-space to 2-space,
choosing the best one. With this demo you should use the rotation
buttons to get the best projection.
- Choose a lattice from the list on the right. You can do this at any time.
You can choose the current lattice to start its drawing over again.
- The Next button moves to the next phase as described in the
brief explanation above.
- When done you need to use the rotate buttons to find the best projection.
It's ok to use these buttons while the forces are being applied. You can
even start the diagram rotating and then push the Next button.
- After the three phases have been executed, pressing the Next button will
apply the balanced forces several more times. During this phase
(only) you can
use the sliders to adjust the forces.
- Input your own lattice!!! (or ordered set). Press the
Input button and fill in the URL for a file with your lattice.
Detailed instructions on what the URL
should be and what the file should have.
- Try inputing some of my lattices Press the
Input button and fill in one of the following URLs.
This is the congruence lattice of the direct product of two copies
of the 3 element algebra which is the reduct of the 3 element field
to only its multiplication. The edges colored by their Tame
Congruence Theory type. yellow
is type 2 (group type) and black is type 5 (semilattice type).
Universal Algebra Calculator program is available.
This is the lattice of all permutations on 4 letters with the
weak Bruhat order. Nathalie Caspard has recently shown such lattices
are bounded homomorphic images of free lattices.
This is the lattice freely generated by two 2 element chains
over the variety generated by N5.
Geyer had conjectured that
a bounded homomorphic image of a free lattice and its
congruence lattice would have the same number of elements.
This is a counter-example found with my lattice program.
This is the congruence lattice of the above lattice.
In the early 1980's I wrote programs to calculate in free lattices.
Each element of a free lattice has a finite lattice associated with it which
determines the important properties of the element. My program calculated
this lattice but I needed to diagram it to see quickly what it was. I thought
this would be easy: I would arrange the elements in levels and draw lines
between covering pairs of elements. This produces a correct diagram
(ignoring lines inadvertantly crossing over elements) but I soon discovered
that even small lattices were unrecognizable using this drawing algorithm.
Over the years the drawing program as been improved to its present form.
Chapter 11 of my joint book with J. B. Nation and Jarda Jezek,
which covers algorithms for finite lattices, includes some additional
information on our drawing algorithm.
This Java program can be run standalone, available at
With this you can input
a file that describes your lattice by it upper covers. It could then
be linked to other programs.
Last updated: Jul 17, 2013